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of significant actions to recalibrate america's federal criminal justice system. we will start by fundamentally rethinking that the notion of mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes. [applause] this is regardless of the -- in a particular case reduce the discretion available to prosecutors, judges, and juries. because they oftentimes generate unfairly long sentences. they breed disrespect for the system. when applied indiscriminately they do not apply public safety. let be honest, some of the enforcement priority we set have had a destabilizing effect on particular communities. largely poor and of color. and applied inappropriately they are ultimately counter productive. this is why i have to today mandated a modification of the justice department charging policy and certain low-level nonviolent drug offenders who have ties to large scale gang or cartel will not -- [applause] they now will be charged with offenses for which accompanying sentences are better suited to their individual conduct rather than excessive prison terms more appropriate for violent criminals or drug kingpin by
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